I took this pic in Castro Valley — unfortunately in my laundry room. Many people who have seen the above picture argue that this is not a tarantula. I have been told it is a wolf spider. I know that the male tarantula comes out in the Fall looking for a mate. I took this picture about two years ago around October. Please settle this dispute once and for all. I would like to think it is a Tarantula.
Connie Muir, Castro Valley, Calif.
Your thinking is correct. The above photo is a young tarantula. The picture below is an adult tarantula. These are beautiful, gentle (unless you are a tasty insect) spiders. /Gary